Deshaun Watson takes first-team reps

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The Houston Texans are giving Deshaun Watson a chance to prove himself.

It looks like Houston Texans’ rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson has been given the chance to show what he can with the first team offense after last week’s impressive NFL debut.

On Monday John McClain of the Houston Chronicle mentioned on Twitter that Watson was taking some first-team snaps during practice.

It sounds like Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien is looking to test Watson.

From Texans Wire:

"“The basic goal is for him to get reps,” O’Brien said in terms of looking forward to the Patriots game. “He’s improving in his knowledge of our system and understanding the defensive looks. He tries to come back the next day and learn from his mistakes and build on the things he is doing well so I just want to see continued improvement.”"

O’Brien has continued to rave about how Watson is learning and getting better every day.

While the odds are still against Watson beating out veteran quarterback Tom Savage for the starting job, it looks as if he’s been making up some ground with his play.

The Texans’ didn’t trade up to select Watson in this year’s NFL draft for no reason. They believe in him.

If O’Brien is confident enough in Watson after watching him practice with the starting offense this week, I would expect him to possibly get a series or two with the starters during this Saturday’s preseason game against the New England Patriots.

It will be interesting to see how Savage deals with the pressure of having Watson nipping at his heels. Because if the rookie keeps getting better and Savage struggles at any point during the upcoming season, he could end up losing his starting job.

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